Bp. McKnight ordains five new permanent deacons

Bishop McKnight held aloft the chalice containing the Most Precious Blood of Christ. Reflected on its side were four of the five men the bishop had just raised to the order of deacon for the Jefferson City diocese. The fifth was assisting him at the altar and would elevate the Precious Blood with him at…

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2019-20 Catholic Stewardship Appeal

The people of this diocese are being called to stop, take stock of the abundant array of God’s gifts, and respond in gratitude by committing to serve Him while caring for one another. That is the emphasis of this year’s Catholic Stewardship Appeal (CSA). The CSA is an annual campaign encouraging Catholics to commit to…

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Weekly Wrap 10.18.2019

Holy Family School in Hannibal focused on Stewardship Holy Family School in Hannibal is focused on teaching students the true meaning of stewardship for the 2019-20 school year. Teachers and students are coming to a better understanding of how they can give mostly of time and talent within their school community. There is a “Time…

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A pastoral plan to go forward, together

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight The preparation for my ad limina visit to the Holy See is well under way. In July, I submitted to Rome a 137-page report, which covers the activity of the Diocese of Jefferson City since the last report by Bishop John Gaydos in 2010. The Latin phrase “ad limina” refers…

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14 October 2019

Bishop’s messages Last week we published an updated Reporting Protocols Relating to Allegations of Abuse or Neglect. This updated policy delineates clearly the expectation of the Diocese regarding reporting allegations of abuse, involving minors or vulnerable adults.  For reference purposes, there is a “Frequently Asked Questions” section which, among other things, contains key definitions regarding…

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Rosary Rallies for Fatima anniversary

Public Square Rosary services, sponsored by members of a national Catholic organization known as America Needs Fatima (www.americaneedsfatima.org), will include about 25,000 rallies that will take place all across the United States. They will coincide with the 102nd anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun that was witnessed by many during Our Lady’s 1917 apparitions…

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Polka Mass tradition continues at St. George in Hermann

“Jesus, we’re not worthy ever, to receive You here today. Say the word, denying never. Make us pure again, we pray.” Plaintive stanzas of contrition and thanksgiving envelop the altar of a hilltop church in Hermann. Then it hits you: this is “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain!” The lovesick ballad, recast with pious lyrics…

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Newly formed St. Vincent de Paul parish in Pettis County

One parish with three places of worship. That is what the former Sacred Heart and St. Patrick parishes in Sedalia and the former St. John the Evangelist mission in Bahner have become. At the request of the people, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight united all three into a new parish, known as St. Vincent de Paul.…

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A new culture of Catholic leadership

The Diocese of Jefferson City was highlighted in this recent column by Kim Smolik, CEO of Leadership Roundtable. “Bishop McKnight and other Catholic leaders are modeling a new culture of leadership rooted in reformed structures,” Smolik wrote. “The future of the Church depends on it.” Read more This article was first published by the Berkley…

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